A little over a month after Christmas, and I don’t know about you, but I find myself going stir-crazy and in desperate need of a vacation. Vacations not only mentally allow you to escape and recharge, but they are an awesome way to break up the gloomy winter season. Here are my top getaway picks in North America this winter:
1. Colorado – Denver just got blasted with one of the largest snow storms in history. So, why not take advantage of the awesome skiing/snowboarding conditions in all of the surrounding mountain resorts. I highly recommend Vail, as it has accommodations for every budget, a ton of apres ski options and a beautiful village.
2. New York – This may seem an odd choice to some, but the off-season brings fewer crowds, cheaper hotels and better deals on everything from shopping to Broadway shows. Plus, you can take advantage of ice skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center. Without a doubt there is a ton of great attractions in NYC, no matter what the season, just remember to bundle up!
3. Hawaii – Ok, so you may need more than a long weekend to visit Hawaii. I suggest heading to Oahu’s North Shore. There are plenty of house and condo rentals, incredibly delish food trucks and independently owned restaurants, not to mention amazing weather and beautiful beaches. Hawaii is a great place for stress relief too – surfing, golfing, kayaking, or just relaxing my the beach. But be forewarned, you may not want to leave.
4. Orlando – You don’t have to be a child or a parent to enjoy this amusement park mecca. With 4 Disney parks, plus Universal Studios, SeaWorld and the new Harry Potter themed park – there is sure to be something to bring a smile to anyones face! Orlando will bring you back to simpler times, where the biggest decision you had to make was whether you wanted ice cream, cotton candy, or a churro, or all three! Plus, temps in the 70 degree range are nothing to complain about either.
5. I will admit my last choice is kind of cheating, but rules were made to be broken! If you don’t have a pile of vacation time, or you don’t want to travel anywhere, transform your hometown into the ideal staycation, destination. Book services at a spa, enjoy a yoga class, try a new restaurant, do things you wouldn’t normally do at home, but wouldn’t think twice about doing while on vacation.
Whether you travel near or far, remember that a vacation means ridding yourself of everyday stressors, like your job, friends, family, traffic, pets, etc… Just relax and have fun!